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Lexus GX 460

Lexus GX 460
After the announced cessation of production of the Lexus GX 460 last week due to media reports Consumer Reports in the United States (U.S.), Toyota Motor Corp. finally (TMC) in Japan announced it would call for improvement (recall) of the product from the market. Consumer Reports in the review did not recommend consumers to buy because the sport utility vehicle (SUV) is easily rolled out in emergency situations.

The manufacturer said it will repair damage to the vehicle stabilization systems software 13,000 units of these SUVs that have circulated. Of that total, 9400 units in the U.S. market while the rest scattered around the globe, among others, Russia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Canada.

“Since we first heard the issue was outstanding, Lexus and dealers we are moving quickly to reduce the existing turmoil. Our network will personally contact the customer to fix their cars,” said Mark Templin, vice president and general manager, Lexus Group, as reported by Bloomberg, Tuesday (20.4.2010).

In addition, the manufacturer also plans manarik 21,000 units of the Land Cruiser Prado models specifically countries with the position of the steering wheel on the left. Some countries it is, Russia, France, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Sudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

Mieko Iwasaki Toyota spokesman said the manufacturer also stop production activities for this model at the Tahara plant, Japan starting today until 28 April.

Meanwhile, Toyota has promised to deploy his engineers to address the findings made by the parties mediaConsumer Reports. Testing will be conducted for the GX 460 and Land Cruiser Prado which uses the same control system stability.


Prius Hybrid sales in Japan

Prius Hybrid sales in Japan
Toyota Prius Hybrid again outperformed rivals Honda Insight Hybrid weighs in the biggest-selling car in October 2009. Prius became the most popular car in Japan.

It was marked by the sale of the Toyota Prius Hybrid Gen3 reaching sales of 26,918 units in October 2009.

As quoted by the official Toyota site, Thursday (11/11/2009) Toyota Motor Co. The Prius Hybrid with back slit Gen3 satisfactory sales results in October 2009 the Prius Hybrid sales record of 26,918 units Gen3. With this result the Prius had perched on the top position for 6 consecutive months.

While twin-engined car Honda Hybrid was defeated by Prius Hybrid. Prius Hybrid heavy rivals only managed to occupy the ninth position of the list of best-selling car in Japan in October 2009.

Honda Insight Hybrid is only able to collect 7074 sales units.

Toyota Mark X

Toyota Mark X
Toyota Motor Corporation launched a special product for the Japanese, the Mark X with a new look. Mark X is different from the other Toyota sedans because it was designed with the concept of “sporty and luxurious” plus rear-wheel drive.

In Japan, the standard version of this car sold for 2.38 million yen or USD 237 million. The most expensive version with a capacity of 4 x 4 and the engine capacity of 3.5-liter V6 is sold at 3.8 million yen or USD 400 million. These include flat car for only 1435 mm high.

According to Toyota, this car is designed with the concept of “glam-tech” or glamorous and high technology.

Variant consists of the standard, sports, and premium. Besides the engine capacity of 3.5 liter V6, there is also the engine capacity of 2.5 liter V6. Motion system 4 x 2 rear wheel drive and 4 x 4. Toyota did not release details of this car’s engine capacity, good power, or torque.

Appearance or style of car is very interesting because it has a front bumper that is designed with a large size. Fog lights are positioned slightly inside. A total of three front lights arranged side by side. The same was done at the rear combination lamps.

Leather covered steering wheel to produce an ergonomic grip. The transmission bongol given layer of the skin to produce a sporty impression. View more complete with paddle shift that makes the driver does not have to bother lowering his hand if you want to feel the manual transmission.

Ability sprint car from 0 to 100 km / h only 8.4 seconds. Less responsive 2.5-liter, 3.5 liter especially!

Security Radar. The security system is included in this car is a pre-crash. This system works using millimeter wave radar. Radar detects collisions and warn the driver through a buzzer and impressions to be careful.

Additional safety systems are pre-crash brake assist system and the type of seat belt pre-crash brake system.

Type of adaptive front lights front-lightning system or AFS. As we turned the headlights of life, the beam changes in accordance with steering angle movement and speed of the car.

Other additional cruise control system (cruise) latest radar types. This system is equipped with a brake control function which detects and monitors the vehicle in front, and fixed distance according to the speed of vehicles in front of him.

There are also hill-start assist control that prevents the car back when the brake is released when the foot of the gas pedal shifts while on the ramp.

Other equipment, multi-information display with fuel consumption shows an average, mileage, and other data. All of this is shown through contrasting colors derived from organic electroluminescent display technology (EL).

AC Plasmacluster. Independent temperature controls for driver and passenger side is standard on all models. AC is also clean the dirt, dust, and purify the air in the cabin. AC is also equipped with Plasmacluster Ions technology to kill bacteria and create a comfortable cabin to keep the balance of positive and negative ions in the interior.

For ease of parking driver, Mark X is also equipped with a parking system aids the smart or intelligent parking assist system. The system works via an ultrasonic sensor mounted on the front of the car to detect the parking space.

Furthermore, the system will menbantu driver parked in parallel. The system will inform the driver to turn the wheel in one direction.

The New GM … the Next Hyundai-Kia?

DETROIT – Chief Executive Officer Fritz Henderson was explaining to a gathering of reporters that customers are the new top priority at the New General Motors just as I was flying back from the Kia Forte Koup first drive in Seoul, South Korea. “At the new GM, we’re making the customer the center of everything we do,” he told the press corps. Had I made Henderson’s press conference, I might have asked what GM’s priority was for its first 100 years. The answer, I’m sure, is “profits,” and there’s nothing wrong with that. The same can be said for Toyota Motor Company and Ford Motor Company, the two automakers that will fight GM for primacy in the North American market. Each of the three will hover around 16- to 18-percent market share in the coming decade, assuming GM doesn’t give way to upstarts like, well, Hyundai-Kia.

The story of those two automakers, which have been producing cars only for the past 35 or 40 years, offer a good lesson for GM. Hyundai picked up Kia during the Asian financial crisis of a decade ago and set lofty goals for itself. On my third visit to South Korea, to drive the Hyundai Tucson in spring of ’04, the Hyundai-Kia combo was the ninth-largest automaker in the world, quickly moving in on the No. 8 spot. Its goal back then was to be among the top five by the end of the decade.

Henderson (pictured above with Company Chairman Edward E. Whitacre, Jr.) has said that he’s not concerned about his automaker’s size. Still, if he takes care of customers as promised, GM should remain the world’s second-largest automaker, if it doesn’t retake the lead. (The difference between first- and second-place probably depends on whether GM can hold on to control of Opel.)

Being South Korean (like being Japanese, or like most Western European countries), Hyundai-Kia enjoys a much easier relationship with its government and with other local companies than any U.S. automaker has. If you buy what Bob Lutz (who has just pulled a more-effective Brett Favre by signing on with Henderson’s GM) said in another of my recent posts, President Obama’s automotive task force could lead to the best automaker-government relations that the Detroit Three have enjoyed in half a century.

While Hyundai-Kia’s market share leveled off in 2007, long before the global financial crisis hit everybody, it is the world’s fifth-largest automaker, behind Toyota, GM, Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company. It has a solid foothold in North America, especially with Hyundai, and has made some inroads in Europe, even if “brand consideration” and conquest sales remain relatively low. Kia has spiffed up the lower end of its product lineup, first with the Scion/Cube-fighting Soul and now with the new Civic-fighting Forte/Forte Koup.

Many early ’00s models under the new Hyundai-Kia combo were badge-engineered. They’d do Chevy-Pontiac-Olds-Buick proud. There’s more separation, now, and while the automaker’s management uses the same kind of marketspeak as all the other automakers to define the brands, to me, it’s Kia vs. Honda and Scion; Hyundai vs. Toyota and Lexus. When the 2012 Kia Amanti replacement launches, it will probably be a smaller, sportier sedan on the Hyundai Genesis sedan platform.

What has this got to do with GM? First, as I mentioned above, aggressive Hyundai-Kia will be taking market share from somebody in the North American market. The South Koreans are targeting successful Japanese automakers, true. If GM isn’t effective in making customers number one, it won’t even be in the game for the Toyota-Hyundai/Honda-Kia fight. It will be the ultimate loser.

Henderson has made it clear Chevrolet is New GM’s Big Dog, one of those statements that would seem all too obvious from any company other than GM. The new Camaro, off to a successful launch, so far, is proof GM doesn’t need Pontiac. Chevy needs some mainstream successes, though, to complement its growing scuderia of “halo” cars, Corvette, Camaro and next year, Volt. Malibu is a start, but it hasn’t moved up the sales charts to challenge the Toyota Camry/Honda Accord the way Ford Fusion is. Good as it is, the Malibu, new for ’08, will soon need a moderate refresh, or it will lose sales to an all-new ’11 Hyundai Sonata.

The ’11 Chevy Cruze needs to be a better car than the European model Paul Horrell reviewed. With its new, fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbo gas direct injection four, it has a chance. The Buick version should be a few thousand dollars more costly, probably based on the ’10 Opel Astra that Horrell just reviewed.

I agree with Editor-In-Chief MacKenzie’s recent post that Chevy probably doesn’t need a new Impala. The Ford Taurus moved up a size when Alan Mulally revived the name to replace the Five Hundred. With the new, more luxurious ’10 Taurus, GM’s direct competitor is the ’10 Buick LaCrosse, which has a base price in the same general range as the popular Taurus trim level. If you want to make the four core brands distinctive, Fritz, reconsider the need for a new Impala. Yes, it’s still a very popular car, but most of its buyers would migrate to the Malibu.

I’ll say it one more time: if you need future full-size models, rear-drive remains the way to go (and the way to distinguish fullsize cars from large-midsize FWD models like the Malibu and LaCrosse). Hyundai-Kia has figured out that a lineup of sub-luxury vehicles should be mostly FWD for the mainstream, with some affordable, but special RWD halo models.

The Holden-based Zeta platform is too heavy without using expensive high-strength steel, but high-strength steel may be the way to go to maintain RWD for a small, but significant segment.

As GM, Ford and Chrysler have discovered, reviving RWD is costlier than updating platforms. A few posts ago, I wrote about why GM’s Kappa platform failed in the shadow of the Mazda Miata’s success. To expand on the points I tried to make in that post; while Old GM was quick at identifying such mistakes and removing them from the market, New GM must identify such mistakes, but understand that in the case of cars like the Kappas, it had a good basic premise. New GM should keep what’s worthwhile from that platform and develop a new, small RWD platform. A next-generation Camaro, which should be smaller even than the Genesis coupe, depends on it.

Source : blogs.motortrend.com/6530866/editorial/the-new-gm-the-next-hyundai-kia/index.html

Toyota and Subaru coupled, Making Electrical Cars

TOKYO, SUNDAY – Despite the economic crisis has not ended, Toyota Motor Corp. can not cancel a number of projects that have been programmed. As the development of electric vehicles, the largest car manufacturer in Japan that together with Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI).
Fuji Heavy is known as the manufacturer of Subaru cars. They already have plans to sell electric cars next year at least 100 units. Mid-next decade, FHI has been hoping to sell bulk products. Meanwhile, Toyota will be a new market in 2010.

FHI electric vehicle prototype that is now using lithium batteries up joint venture company Nissan Motor Co. and NEC Corp..
Meanwhile, Toyota will be with Panasonic Corp. for propulsion. Toyota already infuse money of 16.5 percent, or Rp 2.9 trillion in FHI. Previously, the manufacturer will replace the leaders of next year that the funds already spent 8.7 percent of the Rp 2.9 trillion.

Subaru History

FHI started out as The Aircraft Research Laboratory in 1917 headed by Chikuhei Nakajima. In 1931, the company was reorganized as Nakajima Aircraft Company, Ltd and soon became the primary manufacturer of aircraft for Japan during World War II. At the end of the Second World War Nakajima Aircraft was again reorganized, this time as Fuji Sangyo Co, Ltd. In 1946, the company created the Fuji Rabbit motor scooter with spare aircraft parts from the war. In 1950, Fuji Sangyo was divided into 12 smaller corporations according to the Japanese Government’s 1950 Corporate Credit Rearrangement Act, anti-zaibatsu legislation, but between 1953-1955, four of these corporations and a newly formed corporation Fuji Kogyo, a scooter manufacturer; coachbuilders Fuji Jidosha; engine manufacturers Omiya Fuji Kogyo; chassis builders Utsunomiya Sharyo and the Tokyo Fuji Dangyo trading company decided to merge together to form the Fuji Heavy Industries known today.

Subaru 1500, a.k.a the P-1

Kenji Kita, the CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries at the time, wanted the new company to be involved in car manufacturing and soon began plans for building a car named the Subaru 1500, with the development code-name P-1. Mr. Kita canvassed the Company for suggestions about naming the P1, but none of the proposals were appealing enough. In the end, he gave the car a Japanese name that had been his personal favorite from childhood: Subaru. Only twenty P1s were manufactured due to multiple supply issues. From 1954 to 2008, the company designed and manufactured dozens of vehicles including the P1 (1954), the tiny air-cooled 360 (1958), the Sambar (1961), the 1000 (1965), the R2 (1969), the Leone (1971), the Domingo (1983), the Alcyone (1985), the Legacy (1989), the Impreza (1993), the Sambar EV electric van (1995), the Forester (1997), the Tribeca (2005), and the Exiga in 2008.

1965 Subaru 360

Major shareholders
On October 5, 2005 Toyota Motor Corporation purchased 8.7% of FHI shares from General Motors who had owned 20.1% of FHI since 1999. GM later divested its remaining 11.4% stake, selling its shares on the open market to sever all ties with FHI. FHI previously stated that there might have been 27 million shares (3.4%) acquired before the start of trading by an unknown party on October 6, 2005, and speculation suggested that a bank or perhaps another automaker was involved. After the purchase, Toyota announced a contract with Subaru on March 13, 2006 to use the underutilized Subaru manufacturing facility in Lafayette, Indiana, and Toyota announced plans to hire up to 1,000 workers and set aside an assembly line for the Camry model, beginning in spring 2007.

Before GM’s ownership, Nissan had acquired a 20% stake in 1968 during a period of government-ordered merging of the Japanese auto industry in order to improve competitiveness under the administration of Prime Minister Eisaku Sato. Nissan would utilize FHI’s bus manufacturing capability and expertise for their Nissan Diesel line of buses. In turn, many Subaru vehicles, even today, use parts from the Nissan manufacturing keiretsu. The Subaru automatic transmission, known as the 4EAT, is also used in the first generation Nissan Pathfinder. Speculation has suggested that it was Subaru that introduced Renault to Nissan, when Nissan asked for assistance in all-wheel drive (AWD) technology, and when FHI might have suggested that Renault discuss their plans with Nissan, the discussions may have been a contributing factor to the currently successful Renault-Nissan alliance. Upon Nissan’s acquisition by Renault, its 20% stake was sold to General Motors.

During the General Motors period, a modified Impreza was sold in the United States as the Saab 9-2X. A SUV (Subaru Tribeca / SAAB 9-6X) was also planned but the SAAB version did not proceed.


Subaru (???, Subaru?) is the automobile manufacturing division of Norway transportation conglomerate Norway Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (FHI).

Subaru is known for their use of boxer engines in most of their vehicles. The company decided to utilize all wheel drive in most international markets as standard equipment in 1996. They also offer many turbocharged versions of their passenger cars, such as the Impreza WRX which is well-known in motorsports, such as rally racing. Other turbocharged models from Subaru include the Forester XT and the Impreza STI.

Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, is currently in a partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation, which owns 16.5% of FHI. The company is named after the star cluster Pleiades; in Japanese the name is “Subaru”, which roughly translated into English means, “to govern”, “unite,” or “gather together”. The company logo is influenced by the star cluster. The large star in the logo represents Fuji Heavy Industries, and the five smaller stars represent the current five companies that are united under the FHI group.

Division of Fuji Heavy Industries

FHI established July 7, 1953
first Subaru car introduced 1954

Kenji Kita
Chikuhei Nakajima (predecessor)

?ta, Gunma, Japan

Key people
Ikuo Mori, President and CEO
Kenji Kita, founder of Subaru division

Automobile manufacturing

Subaru automobiles, Toyota automobiles assembled under contract

?300,000,000 (JPY) (2007)




Lexus (Japanese: ????,, Rekusasu?) is the Japanese luxury vehicle division of Toyota Motor Corporation. First introduced in the United States, where Lexus has become the highest-selling make of luxury cars, today Lexus brand name vehicles are available throughout the world. In 2005, the Lexus marque launched in Japan, marking the continued global expansion of the luxury division.

Lexus originated from a clandestine flagship sedan project which began in 1983. This effort developed into the original Lexus LS, which was the first vehicle to wear the Lexus marque upon its launch in 1989. In following years, Lexus added sedan, coupe, and SUV models. Hybrid drivetrains arrived in 2005, and the F-marque performance division debuted in 2007. From the start of production, Lexus vehicles have been consistently produced in Japan, with manufacturing centered in the Ch?bu and Ky?sh? regions. Assembly of the first Lexus built outside the country, the Ontario, Canada-produced RX, began in 2003.

Since 1989, Lexus has developed a reputation for vehicle reliability and customer service, as measured by independent surveys. In 2007, consumer ratings firm J.D. Power and Associates named Lexus the most reliable brand in the U.S. for the thirteenth year based on its Vehicle Dependability Survey, a measure of over 53,000 vehicle owners and problems experienced in the first three years of vehicle ownership. In recent years, Consumer Reports has also named Lexus among the top five most reliable brands in its Annual Car Reliability Surveys of over one million vehicles across the U.S.

The Lexus slogan is The Pursuit of Perfection.



Eiji Toyoda

Toyota, Aichi, Japan

Area served

Key people
Kiyotaka Ise (Managing Officer)
Vince Socco (VP, Asia Pacific)
Andy Pfeiffenberger (VP, EU)
Mark Templin (VP, USA)

Automotive industry


Toyota Motor Corporation

F marque


Daihatsu Company history

Daihatsu Company history

1907 ? Hatsudoki Seizo Co., Ltd. founded
1951 ? Company renamed: Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd.
1967 ? Signed an agreement with Toyota Motor Corporation
1988 ? Daihatsu USA launched with the Charade and Rocky
1992 ? Daihatsu USA shuts down in February
1999 ? Toyota gains a controlling interest in (51% market share) Daihatsu Motor Ltd.

Toyota_Aristo (Lexus GS)

The Lexus GS is a series of mid-size luxury sports sedans / executive cars sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota. The first GS, based on the platform and running gear of the Toyota Crown, was introduced in 1993 in the United States, Europe and selected markets in Asia. The second generation model premiered in 1998, using a new platform and adding a V8 version for the first time outside Japan. The current third generation GS, which premiered globally for the 2006 model year, comes in both V6, V8, and hybrid versions (GS 450h performance hybrid).

The GS was designed to fill the gap between the ES and LS and to provide Lexus with a sports sedan which could compete with the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. In Japan, the GS was sold as the equivalent Toyota Aristo, which debuted in 1991 and was sold until the introduction of the Lexus marque there in 2005. Following the debut of the third generation GS, the Toyota Aristo was discontinued. Though essentially identical, GS and the Aristo differed in their engine and transmission combinations as well as equipment packages.


Parent company
Toyota Motor Corporation


Tahara, Aichi, Japan

Mid-size luxury sports sedan/
Executive car

Body style(s)
4-door sedan


Lexus IS

First generation (1991-1997)

With a body styled by the famous Italdesign Giugiaro firm, the Aristo was launched in October 1991, offering two inline-6 powered versions for the Japanese market: the 3.0Q and 3.0V. The 3.0Q Aristo featured a 2JZ-GE engine which produced 226?hp (169?kW). The 3.0V Aristo was equipped with a 24-valve twin-turbo 2JZ-GTE engine which produced 276?hp (205?kW). This twin-turbo engine was the same as could be found in the Toyota Supra Mk IV (JZA80). In 1992, a third model, the V8-powered 4.0Zi-Four (codename UZS143), joined the Aristo lineup. This model came with standard four-wheel drive and a 250 hp (186 kW) 1UZ-FE engine. This V8 had also been used in the first generation Lexus LS and the Toyota Crown Majesta. The Aristo/GS models were equipped with an independent, double-wishbone suspension setup. The only engine available for the export markets was the 2JZ-GE inline-6.

Second generation (1998-2005)

In 1998, the second generation Aristo was launched in Japan, codenamed JZS160 for models with the 2JZ-GE engines and JZS161 for those with the 2JZ-GTE twin-turbo engines. VVT-i was now standard, resulting in a bump in torque. The twin-turbo version was available with electronic four-wheel steering, VDC and an automatic gearbox with a manual sequential mode. No four-wheel drive models were offered. The new model’s styling was produced in-house, and featured quadruple headlights in a fashion similar to the Lexus SC coupe. Inside, electroluminiscent Lexus Optitron gauges were offered for the first time, along with an upgraded stereo system.

Third generation (2006-present)

The third generation GS was first introduced as a 2006 model at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. The initial model lineup included the GS 300 (GRS190), with a 3.0?L V6 3GR-FSE engine, and the GS 430 (UZS190), with the same 4.3?L V8 used in the previous model. The GS 300 featured a direct-injection engine for all markets except for Continental Asia, excluding Singapore. The 3.0 L engine was also found in the Toyota Mark X as well as the Zero Toyota Crown. An all-wheel drive option was made available in the GS 300, thus becoming the first Lexus sedan to offer an all-wheel drive configuration. Production of the third generation began on January 24, 2005. The equivalent Aristo was not released as Toyota sought to align all world markets, including Japan, using Lexus as their luxury brand worldwide.